Humboldt State University

Social Justice

There are multiple levels of our positions that we dedicate to social justice work. 

Personal

We expect each member of our professional team to have an understanding or a willingness to learn more about power and privilege, intersectionality, and institutional versus individual forms of oppression.  We are looking for team members who understand these theories and who have applied these theories to different aspects of their lives.  This should be made apparent to us by looking at your contributions to communities in and outside of work.

Professional

Within our positions we aim to help create a more equitable campus community by collaborating with campus partners, encouraging personal discussion with staff as well as residents, and organizing programs as well as trainings. 

We currently have special projects assigned to specific RLCs such as a liaison with our Multicultural Center, large scale educational event during the Dialogue on Race, and student staff training.

During student staff training, Residence Life Coordinators provide specific training sessions focused on various social justice issues and concepts. Although we do not expect our student staff members to be social justice advocates after the completion of student staff training, we expect them to uphold our community respect policy.

Community Respect Statement

Each resident shares the responsibility of creating an environment in which all residents are respected and valued - regardless of things such as one's age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, cultural background, socioeconomic status or religious affiliation or conviction.  Doing your part includes: getting to know people from different groups and cultures as individuals; challenging your biases; thinking about the impact of your words or actions before you speak or act; refusing to participate with jokes or pranks that are derogatory to any person or group; avoiding thoughtless speaking or acting inappropriately; and reporting incidents of mistreatment or harassment to the housing staff as soon as possible.

Bigotry has no place within our community. Join us in embracing our differences and appreciating the unique perspective each resident brings to the Humboldt State experience.